About Vancouver

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains, Vancouver is innovative, sophisticated and serene. Consistently recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Vancouver is home to two million people who enjoy a mild climate, inspiring scenery, and a thriving tech scene. Here, you can find a combination of everything a world-class destination should have: diverse shopping and neighbourhoods, award-winning globally-inspired cuisine, outdoor adventure and an exciting roster of arts, culture, festivals and performances.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax?
    20.68% (5% Goods and Services Tax, 13.5% Provincial Sales Tax comprised of an 8% sales tax, 3% Municipal Regional District Tax, and 2.5% ME-MRDT, and a 1.259% Destination Marketing Fee)
  • How much is the F&B tax?
    Food 5% GST, Alcoholic beverage 10% PST + 5% GST, Non-alcoholic beverage 5% GST
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 15 – 20%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 9
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    Train, Canada Line Rapid Transit
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    $4.25 from Downtown to YVR / $9.25 from YVR to Downtown
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    N/A – Our airport uses the Canada Line.
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown?Set zone fares $32 – $36
  • How many daily flights out of airport?300+ flights per day
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier?
    Western Hub for Air Canada and a focus city for WestJet
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    50 airlines serve YVR and the three largest carriers are Air Canada, WestJet, and United Airlines


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 4,000+
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 3,000
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? 9
    Fairmont Hotel Vancouver; Fairmont Waterfront: Hyatt Regency Vancouver; JW Marriott Parq Vancouver + the DOUGLAS; Pan Pacific Vancouver; Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront; Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre; The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver; Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 450 – 600

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 311,705 ft2
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous?
    220,500 ft2 (West Building) and 91,205 ft2 (East Building)
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center?
    466,500 ft2 total
    West Building 333,500 ft2 (220,500 ft2 exhibit space, 53,000 ft2 ballroom space, 60,000 ft2 meeting space)

    East Building 133,000 ft2 (91,000 ft2 exhibit space, 17,000 ft2 ballroom space, 25,000 ft2 meeting space)
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
    72 (52 West Building, 20 East Building)
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    West Building Room 3,948 ft2
    6,504 ft2 with Rooms 301 – 305 combined
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have7
  • How big is the largest ballroom?
    52,668 ft2
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? 2009
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? N/A
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center?
    Yes. There are several free Wi-Fi zones at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
    These designated areas are located in the Coal Harbour Cafés and surrounding areas in both the East and West buildings, as well as the Burrard Street entrance lobby. Apart from the free Wi-Fi zones, Wi-Fi is available for purchase with BELL Canada.
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes, Bell Canada
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No. ENCORE is the official supplier.
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes, Centerplate
  • Is the convention center a union property? No
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? N/A
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people?
    BC Place; Rogers Arena; Vancouver Convention Centre
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people?
    Nat Bailey Stadium; Pacific National Exhibition Grounds; Vancouver Aquarium; Grouse Mountain* (*20-min)
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 200+
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
      • Stanley Park and Stanley Park Seawall
        Location: Downtown Vancouver
        Website: Click Here
      • Vancouver Aquarium
        Location: Stanley Park
        845 Avison Way
        Vancouver, BC, V6G 3E2
        Website: Click Here
      • Grouse Mountain
        6400 Nancy Greene Way
        North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
        Website: Click Here
      • Capilano Suspension Bridge
        3735 Capilano Rd
        North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
        Website: Click Here
      • Granville Island Public Market
        Location: Granville Island, Vancouver
        Website: Click Here